Be awesome online and in real life.
Pay attention to your online persona and take steps to ensure a positive persona— both personally and professionally.
The Digital Civility Challenge
Take the challenge
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, as part of Safer Internet Day, Microsoft released its second Digital Civility Index, which showed that while people’s digital interactions and responses to online risks appear to be improving around the world, many of those who have been targeted for abuse online say their perpetrators came from their immediate families and social circles. We are encouraging everyone to take the “Digital Civility Challenge” and challenge themselves to be a leader in making the internet a better and safer place.
The Council for Digital Good
This 18-month pilot program, launched in January 2017, created a 15-member Council of U.S.-based teens that serves as a sounding board for Microsoft’s youth-focused, online safety policy agenda. Each member of Microsoft’s council for digital good has created a written manifesto for life online. The teens then evolved their words to an artistic representation of their individual manifestos, which yielded rap songs, videos, paintings, mixed-media art and digital works.Check out the council’s creations Read the CDG's letter to policymakers
Protect what's important to you
Anything you post can become part of your online reputation and your online brand for the rest of your digital life. So before you post, ask yourself:
- Could this hurt others?
- Would I share this with my parents?
- Could this endanger opportunities for my future?
Remember the Internet is permanent, vast and always listening. Any one of your selfies could show up at your first job interview.
Tip: Carefully select the pictures you share. A simple photo can ruin your reputation.
What potential online risk concerns you the most?
- 28% Financial loss
- 08% Loss of job due to tarnished online reputation
- 10% Online information damaging relationships with family/friends
- 06% Being bullied or harassed online
- 12% Loss of personal privacy
- 09% Poor performance of computer
- 06% Data loss
- 17% Finding spyware, adware, or other tracking software on my devices
- 05% I do not have concerns about going online
What is the greatest benefit the Internet has brought to your life?
- 40% Learning
- 16% Socializing
- 14% Exploring
- 07% Conducting business
- 14% Entertainment
- 09% Other
Did you know?
Less than 20%
Using location services? Limit who knows your whereabouts, pay attention to where/when you check in, and link to social media with care.
Be mindful about what you post online about your kids-of any age. You might be putting them at risk by revealing their current location, age, school, etc.
Don't post anything you'd only say to a close friend. Whether you're happy, sad, angry, or have money worries, confiding broadly could increase your online risks of being bullied or targeted for scams.
Be selective about where and when you use hashtags to avoid oversharing your location. Keep sensitive details to yourself that could be used to defraud, impersonate, or find your home address, phone and account numbers, birth date, photos without your knowing it.
Before you post any pictures, videos, or comments online, ask yourself: Could this tarnish my reputation? Think before you post, it will be there a long, long time.